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Old 06-22-2006, 05:19 PM   #1
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What would you say is more expensive? Taking a pretty decent car and doing a restomod or restoring it to original specs? I know converting old pieces to new (breaks, engine, electrical) is expensive but so are some original parts. I dont have the time to go item by item and really check. Its just a thought I had after seeing fully restored cars on ebay vs some restomods.
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:01 PM   #2
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I'd say either and/or neither.
Would depend on the car, and the plans you'd have for upgrades.
In order to answer that question, you need to make the time to completely catalog the car, then figure out your two plans completely. Anything less is just shooting in the dusk...to dark, depending on your intial effort.

Is expense your major priority? If it is, I'd rethink this hobby completely.
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:08 PM   #3
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Ya it depends, at first I would want to say restoriation because original parts can be expensive, but then when you think about it a aset of JME restomod gauges cost about 1000 dollars [] Depends what you want to do and how extreme (super restomod or super all original parts) you want to gol.
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:29 PM   #4
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What would you say is more expensive? Taking a pretty decent car and doing a restomod or restoring it to original specs? I know converting old pieces to new (breaks, engine, electrical) is expensive but so are some original parts. I dont have the time to go item by item and really check. Its just a thought I had after seeing fully restored cars on ebay vs some restomods.

I think it depends on how heavily you get into the restomod thing. If you go all out it is going to cost way more to do a custom restomod. Just think about if you were to put a trick coil over suspension in the front and rear. The front is 2,200 and the rear is like 5,000. That is way more then any stock suspension set up. Then you have the engine, wheels and tires, rack and pinion, custom paint, etc etc. The list can go on and on.
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Old 06-22-2006, 07:09 PM   #5
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Yeah, there are a lot of variations when you say restomod vs. original. Generally though, putting a classic back to its original condition is less expensive than the expensive mods.
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Yeah, there are a lot of variations when you say restomod vs. original. Generally though, putting a classic back to its original condition is less expensive than the expensive mods.
Thats basically what I was thinking. I just wanted opinions from people with more experience than myself. So it basically comes down to the wire, which might be >$5K (being generous) and I think that $5K is worth your preference and satisfaction in your vehicle. Thanks for the input!
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:19 PM   #7
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I hope you are not thinking that restorations or restomods are in the 5k ball park. I quit counting at $12,000 on my restomod and I think I'm at about $20,000. I'll add it up when I'm done.
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The possibilties with a restomod are endless but the majority of well done originals usually cost more IMO.
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The possibilties with a restomod are endless but the majority of well done originals usually cost more IMO.
What do you know? You can't even fix a flat tire. Nah, restomods, depending on the extent you want to take them, are generally a lot more expensive because of the special parts needed. Special parts are more expensive because of the market value. For instance. A 289 engine that gets an overhaul with nothing special but original specs will run you a ton less than a hopped up woopty do 500 HP engine. Another example: A hood for a 65 that is original, but prepped for paint, will run you a ton less than a cowl hood or a shaker hoood. These are just simple examples, but you might get the point. How about that special aftermarket restomod gauge pod?
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The possibilties with a restomod are endless but the majority of well done originals usually cost more IMO.
What do you know? You can't even fix a flat tire. Nah, restomods, depending on the extent you want to take them, are generally a lot more expensive because of the special parts needed. Special parts are more expensive because of the market value. For instance. A 289 engine that gets an overhaul with nothing special but original specs will run you a ton less than a hopped up woopty do 500 HP engine. Another example: A hood for a 65 that is original, but prepped for paint, will run you a ton less than a cowl hood or a shaker hoood. These are just simple examples, but you might get the point. How about that special aftermarket restomod gauge pod?
But how many of those 500hp 'Stangs do you actually see vs the all original Stickers In Place, Correctly Painted ones? That's why I said that you could spend more on a restomod but for example I won't spend nearly as much as you probably did. 90lx, don't listen to Soaring...he rarely knows what he's talking about
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